Tuesday, Nov. 13 – Kristin Bird - Presenter
“What is your story? That story is a fantastic tool in our world.”
Discovering Your Faith Story is an invitation for you to discover the ways that God has touched your life through your own personal history. More than just a talk, Discovering Your Faith Story is an exercise that invites you to look back at your life and see patterns, events, threads, and institutions that have composed your experiences of God and leads you to a greater awareness of God in daily life.
Kristin Bird is a national Catholic speaker with over 15 years of experience in professional ministry and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies. She is currently serving as Executive Director of Burning Hearts Disciples - a lay apostolate committed to inspiring disciples by walking with people as they grow in relationship with Jesus and His Church.
Below you will find a list of the resource suggestions for this Parish Mission - both those that were availalbe at the resource table and those mentioned by the speaker. These can be great tools to help you continue to grow in faith after the mission.
by Burning Hearts Disciples
This reflection is designed to assist you in identifying what role God is playing the story of your life. Download the PDF.
Feel free to personalize this reflection so that it fits your life. If there are sections or questions not relevant to you, feel free to skip them. This activity can evoke prayer and deep reflection. Many people find they need to find a quiet place free from interruptions in order to complete it.
by Sherry Weddell
We must make conscious choice to know and follow Jesus before we can draw others to him.
This work of discipleship lies at the heart of Forming Intentional Disciples, a book designed to help Church leaders, parish staff and all Catholics transform parish life from within.
Drawing upon her fifteen years of experience with the Catherine of Siena Institute, Sherry Weddell leads readers through steps that will help Catholics enter more deeply into a relationship with God and the river of apostolic creativity, charisms, and vocation that flow from that relationship for the sake of the Church and the world.
by Deacon Keith Strohm
In Jesus: The Story You Thought You Knew, Deacon Keith Strohm invites you not just to read about Jesus, but to have a transformative encounter with him. This isn't a book of theology, or an abstract story with little impact on your real life. It is the story that can and will transform you if you re open to it. In these pages, you will discover who you truly are and what you were created for. You will meet Jesus, not simply as an historical figure, but as our living and present Savior and friend.
The prayer experience that we used on Day 2 of the mission was based on Chapter 7 of this book. Encounter again, or for the first time Jesus Christ, who lives ... and changes lives.Available in paperback and Kindle.
by Carl Laferton
This beautifully illustrated hardback book takes children on a journey from the garden of Eden to God's prefect new creation. The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross is a simple yet profound proclamation of God's Love and Jesus' redemption appropriate for children.
Retelling the Easter story through a Bible overview, children will discover that 'because of our sin, we can't go in' but because of Jesus' victory on the cross, an even better garden awaits us.
by Joyce Dunham
What if sins were dragons and good Christians were dragon slayers? Writing as Sir Wyvern Pugilist, author Denham presents a handbook for brave children to join the “Ancient and Ever-Forgiving Order of Dragon Slayers” headed by the Chief Dragon Slayer, Jesus.
Pugilist’s voice engages kids with its conversational tone and touches of humor while presenting the kerygma through the lens of dragons, knights, weapons, and armor that appeal particularly to action and adventure minded children and youth.
A Study Guide with Resources for Leaders and Teachers Seeking to Train Young Dragon Slayers is also available. Appropriate for Elementary and Middle School ages. A great support resources for First Reconciliation preparation.
by Catholic Christian Outreach
The Ultimate Relationship booklet helps us to articulate and share our faith. By presenting the Kerygma in a simple and clear fashion, we are able to use it to invite others to respond to Christ’s invitation to friendship.
by Kristin Bird
You've heard it over and over again, "God loves you." But do you know what it means to be loved by God? In God's Love: A Pure Gift of Himself, Executive Director Kristin Bird invites you to explore what the Father's love means in your life. With passion and humor she explains how to listen to God, and how to know, feel, see, and believe that you are His beloved. Through prayer, she helps you reject the lies that keep you from embracing the Heavenly Father's love for you.